Base Camp Cullowhee receives grant for Tuckaseigee River Cleanup

Base Camp Cullowhee has received a $1,250 grant to assist with its annual efforts to clean up the Tuckaseigee River.

BCC, Western Carolina University’s outdoor programming organization, was one of two recipients of the 2015 Clif Bar Flowing Rivers Campaign, which is awarded by American Whitewater. The grant will provide support to increase the volunteer base for BCC’s 32nd annual Tuck River Cleanup. The Tuck River Cleanup is the nation’s largest one-day river cleanup with about 1,000 volunteers removing 3-5 tons of garbage from 27 miles of the Tuckaseigee River.

Participation in the event has doubled in the last six years and continues to increase as interest in the river has grown thanks to the addition of many river access improvements due to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission relicensing agreement with Duke Energy.

The cleanup with be April 16. For more information, call BCC at 828-227-8813 or email basecamp@wcu.edu.